Happy Birthday Tim Allen: Celebrating the Hollywood Legend and ‘Home Improvement’ Star

by Jennifer Shea

Actor and comedian Tim Allen turns 68 today, and the “Home Improvement” and “Last Man Standing” star is busier than ever. He just wrapped up his ninth and final season of “Last Man Standing,” and he recently finished the first season of his new reality competition show, “Assembly Required,” with Richard Karn, his “Home Improvement” co-star.

As if that weren’t enough, Allen has also been busy maintaining his epic car collection, tweeting deep thoughts and spending time with his family.

As “Last Man Standing” reached its conclusion, Allen took to tweeting bittersweet clips, photos and observations from the show’s final days. He asked his fans to tune in or to chime in with their favorite parts of the show’s set as the show wound down.

‘Home Improvement’ Made Tim Allen Famous

Allen got his start in show business by performing stand-up comedy; he appeared in several cable comedy specials, among them “Comedy’s Dirtiest Dozen” and “Tim Allen: Men Are Pigs,” per IMDb. But it was Allen’s first sitcom, “Home Improvement,” that made the actor a household name. “Home Improvement” launched on ABC in 1991.

The series featured Allen as Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor, with Patricia Richardson playing his wife Jill. Taylor has his own show, “Tool Time,” with an assistant, Al (Karn), who plays the straight man to Taylor’s cutup. He’s also raising three boys with help from Jill and with frequent advice from his sage neighbor Wilson (the late Earl Hindman), whose parables and anecdotes Tim frequently mangles.

Watch a highlight reel of Tim Taylor’s “Home Improvement” wisdom here:

Allen Follows Up With ‘Last Man Standing’ and ‘Assembly Required’

“Home Improvement” ended in 1999. During and after his time on that show, Tim Allen also appeared in movies ranging from “Toy Story” to “Galaxy Quest” to “Joe Somebody.”

About a decade later, in 2011, Allen returned to the world of sitcoms with “Last Man Standing.” The show follows Mike Baxter (Allen), a marketing executive for an outdoors and sporting goods store who’s raising three daughters with his wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis). It lasted for six seasons on ABC, which then canceled it, and then three seasons on Fox, which picked the series up after ABC dropped it.  

When the news broke last October that Fox would be ending the show after Season 9, Allen revealed that they had planned to end it earlier but “together with Fox, we decided to add a year so we could produce a full season to create the gentle and fun goodbye.”  

In a statement, Allen described himself as “one lucky dude,” per TVLine. He added, “I so appreciate the incredible support from our fans over this near decade of work. As we approach the ninth season, I just admire and feel grateful for all the hard work our wonderful cast and crew have done… I’m looking forward to a memorable and hilarious final season.”

Meanwhile, as he said goodbye to “Last Man Standing,” Allen began diving into “Assembly Required,” a History Channel competition show that pits builders across the country against each other in a race to build and fix useful household items. (Full episodes are available here.)

Watch Allen joke around with Jimmy Kimmel about doing shows during the pandemic: